Chrome Takes Over 3rd In Browser Market Share

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News Posted: Mon, Jan 4 2010 10:43 AM
Only 16 months after its debut, Chrome has overtaken Safari as the third-most-popular web browser, according to the latest numbers released by web metrics firm Net Applications. Chrome ended the month of December 2009 with a share of 4.63 percent, while Apple's Safari dropped into fourth place with a share of 4.46 percent.

Meanwhile, Internet Explorer lost almost a full percentage point in December, the latest slip in its continuing market share decline. With more browser alternatives, IE's slide accelerated in 2H09.

Chrome's December increase of 0.7 of a percentage point is the largest since Google launched the browser at the beginning of September 2008. There are three possible reasons for the jump: beta editions for both Mac and Linux, as well as the release of extensions for Chrome.

Extensions have proven a reason for this writer to make the move to Chrome. Many forum posters  had previously indicated they were using Firefox, and were just waiting for extension support on Chrome, as well as extensions that matched the functionality they wanted, to be released.  Truthfully, the list of extensions is still small compared to Firefox, and developers have been pretty clear that they can't do everything they can do with the Mozilla browser, but they are still punching out extensions that fill the gaps as best they can.

Meanwhile, although it fell to No. 4, Safari still gained 0.1 of a percentage point. Opera also gained ground in December; in fifth place it accounts for 2.4 percent of all browsers used in the month, which is a record for the program. However, Mozilla's Firefox lost 0.1 of a percentage point (crash much?), staying in second but dropping to 24.6 percent. Still, Mozilla is in striking distance of the 25 percent milestone.

Finally, while still holding the No. 1 spot, Internet Explorer dropped to a new low. The browser now holds 62.7 percent of the market, troubling for Microsoft as the software once held more than 90 percent of browser market share.
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realneil replied on Tue, Jan 5 2010 10:14 AM

I use Chrome too now that they have extensions. I don't need 4,000 extensions for chrome like FireFox has either,.........just a few good ones to go along with that Chrome 'Sandbox' design. I'm happy with it.

As far as IE is concerned, you just don't hold onto market share with an inferior product for long. I quit using IE years ago when I realized that for security reasons, "using Internet Explorer is a lot like being slowly pecked to death by chickens".

Microsoft's preoccupation with guiding what we see and how we see it while on the web has got to stop. (It's their way, or the Highway far too often) If they would do some research and determine what innovations We, (the people) are accepting/adopting as they are introduced by everyone, they would spin their wheels far less than they do now. They have ignored web standards for far too long. I don't know if this is from a "we are better than you" attitude because of their artificially obtained market share or an inability to recognize that other web developers are doing great things.

They ARE suffering from a massive Anal-Cranial inversion as far as IE goes,..........

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While the trend reported by Net Applications seems to be correct, the company's statistical base is both too small and too biased towards websites located in the USA to be able to accurately reflect worldwide browser usage. StatCounter's Global Stats, however, are based upon a network of more than 3 million sites. Their current (20101-01-03) worldwide usage statistics (http://preview.tinyurl.com/yhehqvg) show IE at 53 %, Firefox at 32 %, and Chrome at 6 %, respectively. The browser version with the greatest market share as we enter the new decade is Firefox 3.5 at 22.71 %, followed by IE8 at 22.36 % (http://preview.tinyurl.com/yjtws85). HotHardware might be advised to consider reviewing its decision on which Web metrics company's statistics to report in the future ; more accurate alternatives than those provided by Net Applications seem to be available....

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This is really not all that surprising to me. They do have Google behind them Stick out tongue

I use Chrome on my netbook and I am loving the addons. Thank god I finally have my Xmarks bookmarks on Chrome.

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I love the speed of Chrome. FF has been slowing down for me...probably too many extensions. What are some of your favorite ones?

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mhenriday replied on Thu, Jan 14 2010 5:33 PM

Now that Chrome/Chromium has well over a thousand extensions and counting - of which I've alread installed some 27 - we'll have to wait and see if the browser's performance will be affected. So far, I haven't noticed anything....

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Is there a Chrome equivalent for Noscript FF add-on?

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